Datuk Dr Jacob Thomas is committed to keeping healthcare standards high in Malaysia

Datuk Dr Jacob Thomas was appointed as the Joint Commission International Board chairman early this year, the first Malaysian to hold this post. — Photos: RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

Mounted against a wall in Datuk Dr Jacob Thomas’ office in Ara Damansara Medical Centre is a large display of awards and keepsakes he has collected from around the world.

Each item tells a story. When asked which ones are the most memorable, the group medical advisor of Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care (RSDH) holds up a small pin which has “Vice President of the United States” engraved on it.

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